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Toshiba Regza WL (40WL753B) review: Toshiba Regza WL (40WL753B)

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The Good Strong, vibrant colours; deep black levels; good standard-definition upscaling.

The Bad Pictures lack contrast; poor Internet features.

The Bottom Line The 40-inch, 1080p Toshiba Regza 40WL753B puts in a decent performance for an LED-backlit TV at such a competitive price. Alas, its Internet features are whack.

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6.5 Overall

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For a big-name manufacturer, Toshiba has arrived late to the LED-backlight party. But it's trying to make up ground by offering its LED-backlit TVs at very competitive prices. The 40-inch, 1080p Regza 40WL753B is a good example of this. It slots in near the top of Toshiba's current range of TVs, yet can be bought online for around £770.

Needs to eat more

With Toshiba's current TV line-up dominated by chunky sets that use traditional CCFL backlighting, the 40WL753B is waif-like in comparison. Its LED technology has allowed the company to slim this model down to just 50mm deep. That still makes the 40WL753B big-boned compared to some of LG and Samsung's LED models, but there's not a massive difference.

The 40WL753B also looks much sexier than some of Toshiba's mid–range models, thanks to its more contemporary look, with the glossy black bezel blending into a transparent strip around the edge of the TV.

As with most 40-inch sets, the 40WL753B has four HDMI ports. There's three on the rear and one on the side for easy access if the TV is wall-mounted. One of the HDMI sockets on the rear is a v1.4 port that includes an audio return channel for use with compatible external gear like surround-sound amps. There's also a set of component connectors, along with two Scart sockets, a VGA input and a composite connector.

Internet fail

The TV also has twin USB sockets for playing back digital media files and an Ethernet jack that can be used to access the Internet. The only Web service currently on offer is YouTube, though, and it hasn't been implemented well. Every time we tried to access it, it threw up a load of JavaScript errors and failed to load the video thumbnails.

The electronic programme guide looks crisp and is quickly navigated.

Media streaming is similarly restrictive. The set only works with PCs running Windows 7 and, although you can use it to stream videos, photos and music, the range of supported formats is quite limited. For example, it only supports streaming of MPEG-2 videos, so you can't use it to watch DivX or MKV files.

The 40WL753B is pretty straightforward to set up, but the menu system looks quite dated, especially next to the colourful graphics that you get on current LG TVs. What the 40WL753B lacks in presentation finesse, however, it largely makes up for in the range of picture-tweaking options on offer. It includes a full colour-management system that gives you comprehensive control of settings like colour gamma, hue and saturation.

The electronic programme guides on some recent Toshiba models have left much to be desired, but the 40WL753B's is a more competent affair. It has a standard, horizontal, bricks-in-the-wall-style layout, but its graphics are crisp and navigating around it is a reasonably fast experience.

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